Isaac Asimov's "Three Laws of Robotics" are listed atQuote:> [...] Been MANY years since I read the sequals to Foundation,
> but, IIRC, the Zeroth Law was what R. Daneel Steel (I think)
> came up with on his (its) own:
> Law 0: A robot cannot through inaction or action allow or
> bring about events that would damage humanity-as-a-whole
> --or something along those lines.
http://www.crackinguniversity2000.it/Agora/7256/robolaw.htmlQuote:> Law Zero supercedes the normal 3 laws of robotics.
> I believe that R Daneel eventually ceased to exist due to
> the conflicts his insight generated because the 3 Laws were
> hardwired into him while the Zeroth Law was his own invention,
> but the robots that came after him were designed/programmed
> (by the other robots who had associated with R Daneel) to
> follow Law Zero automatically.
http://mentifex.virtualentity.com -- "AI has been solved"Quote:>> Also Asimov, as much as I loved his writing, was not
>> familiar with computers, and didnt even like using a
>> word processor... funny as it would seem... perhaps
>> in later years he became more up to date...
--Quote:> The insight about the need for 3 (or 4) laws for powerful AIs
> to be allowed to roam the countryside freely is quite valid:
> no matter how difficult the task, if robots can't be programmed
> in such a way that they avoid harming humans, they can't be
> allowed to roam. The more sophisticated and powerful the robot,
> the more sophisticated and powerful the implementation of the 3
> (4) Laws needs to be. While conceding that it may not be possible
> to implement the Laws properly, just about every roboticist I've
> ever heard or read agrees that they are vital in the scenario
> that Asimov described. It would be beyond foolish to create a
> "RoboCop" (as a for instance) that didn't have ironclad "rules of
> engagement" for handling normal and even criminal humans.
>> I read somewhere that he was invited to go to a robotics
>> laboratory by a fan, but refused to go in the politest way,
>> as he did not want to be disappointed by how far behind we were
>> behind his "imagination" of possibilities.
>> In Asmovs ideas of robotics, they were "wired", which I wonder
>> how this would relate in logic circuits in microchips... mmm
>> perhaps microchips is a little old fashioned terminology.
>> For while from a "non technical" point of view, the idea seems
>> great of having these 3 or 4 laws, the practical application
>> of this in design is so complexed, that perhaps a simple "wire"
>> could bypass it all.
>> But what would I know, I let what is technically possible get
>> in the way when I write fiction... Perhaps I may get over it
>> and become a best seller too. lol
>> Time will tell
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